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    DescriptionSchizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects. A haunting, deeply compassionate book--now revised with a new introduction--Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of "insanity," and what we value most about the human mind.


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    Title
    Mad in America
    Subtitle
    Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Whitaker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780465020140
    ISBN 10: 0465020143
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.0
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: MBX, MMH
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    BIC subject category V2: MBPK
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 616.89
    B&T General Subject: 670
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26920
    BISAC V2.8: PSY022000
    B&T Approval Code: A67150000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    B&T Approval Code: A67264600
    BISAC V2.8: PSY022050
    DC22: 616.8900973, 616.898009
    LC classification: RC514 .W44 2010
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.0.0.0.0
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: MKL, MBX, MBPK
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    BASIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    25 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert Whitaker's articles on the mentally ill and the drug industry have won several awards, including the George Polk Award for medical writing and the National Association of Science Writers' Award for best magazine article. He is also the author of The Mapmaker's Wife and The Lap of the Gods. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.